Pirates Winter Leagues: Recapping What Chavez Young Has Done in Winter Ball

Tuesday’s action in winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates was all playoff games. We have a recap from the one game in Colombia and two games in Puerto Rico, plus we had a new player added to our coverage.

Puerto Rico

During his first day as a member of the Pirates, Chavez Young went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and an RBI in his team’s 6-1 win. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first playoff game, then followed it up with an 0-for-4 game in which he drew a walk. He played 13 regular season games in Puerto Rico, putting up a .289/.385/.422 slash line in 52 plate appearances.

Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs in his team’s 4-3 loss in 12 innings. He went 2-for-5 with a sac bunt in the first two playoff games.

Josh Palacios went 1-for-5 with a run scored. He went 2-for-7 with a double, homer and a walk in his first two playoff games.


The playoffs started on Tuesday in Colombia, with Andres Alvarez and Francisco Acuna on opposite sides, playing each other’s teams in a best-of-five series. The winner will go on to play the first place team in the league finals.

Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a single, walk and a stolen base in his team’s 6-3 loss.

Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single on the winning side.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Chavez Young looks like a great addition for the Bucs

The new rules should favor his style of play

Also from Fangraphs there is this

“Young is reportedly good friends with Cedric Mullins, and like his buddy, he may benefit from dropping the whole switch hitting thing”


Confirmed that young is officially mullins


Do you really think Eric L at Fangraphs was saying that?


And Cole Tucker was friends with and trained with MVP Cody Bellinger.
FanGraphs grasping there……..


Wow cant believe that we let MVP equivalent go that easy

b mcferren

I wish Reynolds didn´t sign that two year deal because reports about his arbitration proceedings this offseason would have been very entertaining to me


Poor Lewin Diaz just got DFAd again. He just got claimed again by Baltimore on the 5th and DFAd today again by the O’s. Will he get claimed or will he pass through and get outrighted, or even traded this time?

b mcferren

saw that

who plays first base for us in AAA? Malcom? Mason?


There was also some noise about giving Gorski some time at 1st as well then he got hurt. I would rather have those 3 fight it out anyway.


Still nothing on Shim Jun-seok, but an article on a guy who is organizational depth.


Must’ve missed that one. My bad, JD.

Not to be that guy, but I didn’t think he signed.


Appreciate the detail, John.

Wilbur Miller

Apparently, you’re supposed to repeat what you wrote months ago and pretend it’s news.


This just in: The Pirates are 1979 World Series Champions!


This but unironically!

We all have impossibly short memories. Take the W and save yourselves the work of thinking up new content every single day.

(and yes you’ll probably get dragged if you repeat, too. probably by assholes like me, even.)


MLB only ranked him in October (#2 pitcher and #10 overall IFA), so that would raise the attention on this board, you think?


We’re all keeping our fingers crossed on Jan. 15 – 16. This kid has high ceiling!


Man, I hate coming across as an A**hole, especially with someone like Dreker. Dude just reports the news, without being an opinionated blowhard.

I just need some Shim news.

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